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Water Myths Debunked: Things You Thought You Knew About Water

Water is essential for survival – a hydration level drop of just 1 to 2% leads to extreme fatigue, reduced exercise performance, and intense thirst. We all know the old adage: drink eight glasses of water a day. But is this scientifically sound? The bottled water industry sure wants you to think so: this year bottled water is expected to outsell sodas and soft drinks nationwide, according to the International Bottled Water Association.

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Let’s sort through the fiction and bring you just the facts. Here are some of the most popular myths about water, debunked:

  • Drink Eight Glasses a Day: The notion that everyone should drink exactly eight glasses of water a day seems to have been misinterpreted from a scientific observation. Stanley Goldfarb, a professor of medicine at University of Pennsylvania, states that this belief comes from the fact that healthy people tend to consume around an equivalent of eight glasses of water a day.But this doesn’t mean chug water constantly – the hydration comes from a combination of fruits, greens, soup, tea, coffee, and other food items in addition to good ole H2O. Staying hydrated is always a smart idea, but an apple or orange is just as nourishing as a gulp of water.
  • Water Removes Toxins: The theory of water “flushing out” harmful chemicals in your body has little scientific evidence. Every time you need to urinate the kidneys perform the same functions. More trips to the bathroom don’t mean more chemicals are being
    expelled or filtered.
  • Your Complexion Depends on It: Water isn’t a cure-all for a bad complexion. Hydration is important, but drinking more water than necessary doesn’t miraculously smooth out your skin. “When you drink a glass of water, it goes all over your body, it goes to the skin on your toes, your muscles and organs… it doesn’t go to your face preferentially,” Goldfarb explains.
  • H2O Helps You Lose Weight: Many diet plans call for excessive water consumption to quench your appetite. But water doesn’t inherently make you less hungry, and any increase to your metabolic rate isn’t enough to spur significant weight loss.According to Barry Popkin, a professor of nutrition at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, water may lead to weight loss if it’s used as a replacement for sugary, calorie-filled drinks like soda. Liquid calories contribute to weight gain, he admits, but water itself does not have any qualities that help you lose weight.
  • Bottled Water is Safer: The biggest myth of them all lies in the common misconception that bottled water is safer or better than water from a tap. Tap water is frequently tested and monitored by the Environmental Protection Agency to ensure public health. The Food and Drug Administration regulate bottled water, but manufacturers are not obligated to share what contaminants may be found in their water or the treatment processes they use.If you think tap water may contain contaminants, bottled water is an entirely different ball game. The safest option is to stick to tap water and install a filtration system in your home for cleaner, tastier water. Our under counter drinking water filter is NSF-Certified so you know your water is cleaner and safer to drink.
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